Army Council Instruction 289 of October 1914 authorised a Motor Machine Gun Battery for each Division of the Expeditionary Force then in France and preparing to go to France.
The war establishment was amended in March 1915 to include a battery serjeant-major.
114. W.E. of Motor Machine Gun Battery. Amendment.
The addition of a battery serjeant-major, mounted on a motor cycle, to the W.E. of a motor machine gun battery has been approved, and the establishment in question should be amended accordingly.
(L. 121/Stores/1424, S.D. 2)Army Council Instruction 114, 12th March 1915.
Terminology of machine gun units was officially set out in 1917.
Machine-Gun Corps.- The following definitions are laid down for the Cavalry, Infantry and Motor Branches of Machine Gun Corps:-
Section = 4 machine guns with personnel.
Sub-Section = 2 machine guns with personnel.
Detachment = 1 machine gun with personnel.
Training Manuals and War Establishments will be amended accordingly.Army Order 164 of 1917.
- Gudmundson, 2005
- The National Archives, WO 123/59, Army Orders 1917.
- The National Archives, WO 293/1, Army Council Instructions 1914.
- The National Archives, WO 293/2, Army Council Instructions 1915 January to June.